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Raise your hand if you dream of owning a designer handbag? Chanel, Fendi, Gucci, Prada – they’re all stunning, to die for, fab and all the rest of it. Now, raise your hand if spending $1000+ on a purse is out of the question for your lifestyle and budget. It’s such a small percentage of the population who can afford to spend that kind of money on an accessory that it’s perfectly understandable why a good knockoff would hold a whole lot of appeal, not to mention your wallet, your cell phone and your makeup case.
They are also fairly easy to procure; the Internet makes it easy to find them and if you ever find yourself in a certain city, THE city to a lot of people, down a street called Canal, there is stall after stall that look relatively harmless until your inside and someone whispers one (or all) of the aforementioned designers names if your ear and before you can say “Louis” a door opens where there was once just a wall and you are whisked into a secret room that looks a lot like handbag heaven.
Every designer name you can think of is staring back at you and each and every one of them could be yours for just two or tree digits. Your eyes glaze over and their siren song begins pulling at your mind, rationalizing this amazing score until your reaching for your wallet…
The only real problem is that what your doing (or about to do) is illegal. Even though the prices are exorbitant, designer bags should be just that: made by the designer, not copied.
Still, this moral dilemma does nothing to soothe your desire for designer. We completely agree, understand and concur. There is something totally captivating about owning brand name goods. But there are other ways. Ways that, though they might take some patience and persistence, are all one hundred per cent above board and won’t fill you with potential shame and regret the morning after.
Should You Buy a Fake Handbag? No! Check Out These Three Alternatives
1. eBay – Now even though there are quite a few fakes on eBay, you can definitely find the real McCoy on this user friendly website. Look for acronyms like “NWT” – new with tags – or “NWOT” – new without tags. Also, look for people who are “trusted sellers” on eBay, meaning they have a good reputation and positive consumer feedback. eBay is also a great place to look for “pre-owned” or second hand luxury bags, just be sure to inspect all the photos and email the seller if you have any questions about the bag’s condition, as most pre-owned sales are final.
TIP – Be sure to ask if the bag was previously owned by a smoker, or has been stored around or – good god – with mothballs. Those smells are virtually impossible to get out.
2. Consignment – Buying a designer bag that has been “gently owned” (a common consignment term) with a gentle price tag is another marvy way to make that designer arm candy dream come true. Try using Google to find a fab consignment shop near you.
3. Time-Share – This is one of our favorite options: the Time-Share.
If the luxury item in questions is something that you and your friends are dying over, why not split the cost and share the item? Depending on the number of people in on the split, it could go something like this: you and your two BFFs fall in lurve with a gorgeous (insert uber fab bag name here) but the price point is just too high, so you split the cost and share it. If there’s three of you, you can rotate it with each one of you keeping the bag for four months out of the year, or you can just pass it on every month. Time-sharing is a great way to get what you want (that limited edition Prada tote) without getting what you don’t want (maxing your overdraft). Just be sure that your terms are clear and that you are, in fact, very good friends, because after all, all’s fair in love and designer bags, n’est-ce pas?